Vivid Sydney comes back this year with a more vibrant show for everyone. They've put lights up on the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Customs House, Australian Steam Navigation Company building, Darling Harbour and Australian National Maritime Museum. They also have light and art installations in Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Quarter and Pyrmont Bridge. For three weeks, the city of Sydney glows from 6pm til midnight.
If you've followed this blog, you'd know that we have never missed Vivid Sydney. Since 2009, we've made it a tradition to make time for it. If you want to see previous photos of Vivid Sydney, check out them out here: Vivid Sydney 2010, Vivid Sydney 2010 Macquarie Visions, Vivid Sydney 2011 and Vivid Sydney 2012. (Our 2009 Vivid Sydney photos are not available online.)
With so many places to enjoy, we always had to schedule our exploration of the city. Our first stop last Friday night was at Milsons Point to see and capture the beauty of the lit up Harbour Bridge. Fortunately, our photographer friends were there too. It was nice to catch up with an old friend and meet new ones.
Sydney Harbour Bridge in "Colour The Bridge". While it's okay to see the lit up Harbour Bridge from afar, we decided to photograph it at close range. The beautifully lit bridge is stacked with an amazing 100,800 energy-efficient LED lights that changes colour every few minutes.
There were a few stalls in Bradfield Park (located under the Harbour Bridge) where you'll get to buy food and crafts.At 9pm, we made our way to the Circular Quay. The crowd was thick and intimidating that I almost backed-out (Me to Hubby, "Maybe we should just go home?" hahaha). But the Husband pointed out that we're already there and just to brave it out.
Sydney Opera House in "Play". The artwork on the sails of the Opera House is entitled "Play". This is the best lighting of sails to-date! We loved that they showed wonderful colours and happy artworks. They tickled the 80s child in us as they showed things reminiscent from that era: a spinning vinyl record, a cassette tape and a pinball game.
The Customs House in "Move Your Building". For the first time, Customs House becomes interactive with Move Your Building.Spectacular 3D mapped projections that are controlled by you and accompanied by music illuminating the façade of one of Sydney’s landmark heritage sites. You just choose a tune from a playlist, decide the graphic theme for the building and start dancing on a mini dance floor located in front of the building. As you dance and move, you’ll be interacting with the building via the latest projection and mapping technology.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in "Collaboration #3". Stunning 3D mapped illuminations light up the façade of the building in a creative splurge of colour and movement. This is another favourite of mine aside from the lightshow at Opera House.
Vivid Light Walk. Light and art installations surrounds the Circular Quay and The Rocks area. Some are interactive too. I wasn't able to take a lot of photos of installations this year as there were a lot of people (nakaka-uninspire mag-picture picture pag madaming tao). Instead, I soaked in all the beauty of all the installations by looking at them intently.
Cadman's Cottage, The Electric Canvas. This is an engaging interactive projection where with the use of a large touch screen, people can create their own architectural projection. With a variety of themes, tools and pallets the participant is able to select different architectural regions and then apply textures and animations to the cottage in real time.
Australasian Steam Navigation Company Building in "The Speed of Light". In cooperation with A3, Audi and Spinifex Group, the Australasian Steam Navigation Company building' historic façade is transformed into a feast of light, colour and speed. As an artful homage to Audi’s reputation for world-class design, technology and innovation, Spinifex developed an energetic projection exploring depth and dimension.
We had about six hours (from 6pm to 12 midnight) of exploring and taking photographs so we needed replenishment all throughout the night. We started off with early dinner of hotdogs, cheesecake and coffee at Chanoma Cafe. That meal got us thru till the time we arrived at Circular Quay.
When we got to Circular Quay a little before 10pm, we knew we had to eat something because we will be walking a whole lot more. The first line we queued up for was at a gelato store and it was packed. However the wait only took less than 10 minutes as the staff had a good wait system and they moved very quick.
We'd normally have a scoop for each of us but that night, we opted to get three scoops to make our waiting worthwhile.
Had a bit of walk towards the Opera House and then came back again to the wharf area where we bought a box of chips. Yummy load of carbs that gave us energy while we shoot photos of the Opera House at the Passengers Terminal area.
The shoot of the Opera House took about an hour. We were a bit tired by then but we moved on to The Rocks and continued looking at light and art installations.
We were about to go home when we saw food trucks!!! Yay! Our almost-midnight snack were dumplings, hot and fresh! Comforting on a cold night.
We finished Vivid Sydney til midnight, which was a first time for us. It was fun and we had a great time.
Our next Vivid Sydney adventure will be at Darling Harbour this week.
All photos by Chris and Ibyang Sanchez. Some descriptions lifted from the Vivid Sydney website.